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2019 Mardi Gras Climatology
30YR Normals 02/27 02/28 03/01 03/02 03/03 03/04 03/05
Normal Highs 68 68 69 69 69 69 69
Record High 83 84 84 83 83 83 83
Year 1962 2011 2018 2012 1955 1955 1955
Lowest High 44 44 45 42 49 42 45
Year 2002 1984 1962 1980 2002 2014 1960
Normal Lows 50 51 51 51 51 51 52
Record Low 24 32 26 25 25 30 29
Year 1974 2002 1968 1980 1980 2002 2002
Highest Low 71 71 72 71 70 68 72
Year 1962 2017 1997 2012 1953 1976 1961
Average Daily 59 59 60 60 60 60 61
Normal Precip 0.17 0.16 0.16 0.15 .16 .15 .15
Record Precip 1.36 1.71 2.67 1.81 3.39 1.82 7.87
Year 1966 1995 1994 1991 2001 1975 1948
Snow 0 0 T T 0 0 0
Year     1949 1991      
                         2018
High  76 83 84 71 72 76 78
Low 65 68 65 60 52 49 57
PCPN T 0.00"  T T 0.00" 0.00" 0.00"

Note: Record rainfall is the maximum of New Orleans Airport, New Orleans City or New Orleans Audubon Park.

Period of Record: 1874-2018 (146 Years)

Coldest Temperature: 22F on February 14, 1899
Coldest Average Temperature: 30F on February 14, 1899
Lowest High Temperature: 38F on February 14, 1899
There was as much as 3 inches of snow on the ground that needed
to be cleared off the streets before the Krewe of Rex rolled.
9 out of 145 Mardi Gras Days have had temperatures 32F or less.
Approximately 6.2 percent of all Mardi Gras Days had freezing temperatures.
Warmest Temperature: 83F on February 20, 1917
Warmest Average Temperature: 76F on February 20, 1917
Highest Minimum Temperature: 71F on February 28, 2017
7 out of 144 Mardi Gras Days had temperatures 80F or higher.
Approximately 4.8 percent of all Mardi Gras Days had 80F or warmer.
The wettest Mardi Gras was 2.12 inches on March 1, 1927.
47 out of 145 Mardi Gras Days recieved measurable rainfall.
Rain has occurred on 32.2 percent of all Mardi Gras Days.
Five previous Mardi Gras' fell on March 5th
Year High Low Average Rainfall
1878
68 46 57.0 0.00"
1889
62 50 56.0 Trace
1935 76 66 71.0 0.08"
1946
76 63 69.5 0.00"
1957 70 55 62.5 0.30"
Averages 70.4 56.0 63.2 0.38"

 

Severe weather since 1950:

March 5, 2011 - A significant but localized severe thunderstorm outbreak developed over southern Louisiana with 10 tornadoes reported and over 50 severe wind reports ranging from sheds blown over to trees and power lines downed and structural damage. One fatality and several injuries were a result of an EF2 tornado that touched down in Rayne, in southwest Louisiana. Closer to the New Orleans metro area, wind gusts 55 to 65 mph caused scattered damage mainly on the West Bank.  

Last Modified By: RJR

Last Modified On: March 7, 2018